Bellows Falls football wins, Fall Mountain and Springfield fall

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Cosmos running back Bryson Jester takes a hand-off from quarterback Sam Presch in the encounter against Mill River. Photo by Doug MacPhee.

REGION – Bellows Falls came up with another football victory, while Fall Mountain and Springfield both fell in grid action over last weekend. The Terriers ran past Lyndon 46-18 amassing 309 yards rushing along the way. Fall Mountain lost their opener 20-12 at a strong Raymond team. Meanwhile, the Cosmos fell to 0-2 as Mill River kept their offense in check in a 39-0 triumph.

Bob Lockerby’s Bellows Falls 11 are now 2-0 and face a stern test this Saturday, Sept. 15 in Manchester at 1 p.m. as they meet Burr & Burton. Bellows Falls tallied two touchdowns in the first quarter and three in the second to secure a 34-12 halftime advantage and then coast to victory. Both Jed Lober and Griffin Waryas scored two touchdowns each on the day while Julian Christiansen, Brady Clark, and Andrew Elliott contributed one each. Jeb Moyer was successful kicking four of the extra points following scores.

“We came out and ran the ball well,” Lockerby said, and he signaled out the play of the line both ways, particularly the overall performance of Dylan Clark and the fact Waryas passed for 71 yards. He connected on one long pass play with Noah Rawling to set up a score.

Orion Binney was upbeat about his Wildcats play at Raymond. “Our nerves and jitters at the start of the game cost us, but once we gained our confidence we played really well,” Binney told me. Raymond had a 20-0 advantage by halftime, but when the Wildcats scored part way through the final stanza with nine minutes to go, Raymond had broken out into their own sweat.

Then the count was 20-12, which ended up being the final score. Morgan Wilbur’s one-yard blast had made the score 20-6 in the third quarter. Then when quarterback Jacob Shoemaker found Alex Flynn on the 10-yard pass play as Flynn broke a couple of tackles, it was a one score game.

This was a strong opener for the Wildcats who had 60 yards rushing from both Connor Riendeau and Izaak Westover and are excited for their home-opener in Langdon Friday night, Sept. 14 versus Winnisquam at 7 p.m.

A couple of first period injuries really hampered Springfield’s effort against Mill River. Coach Todd Aiken’s team lost Greg Otis from the line and top running back Jacob Stepler from the attack, and the Cosmos never scored in the encounter. Mill River led 26-0 at intermission and obviously coasted from there.

Aiken credited his opponents’ strong run game with the final margin of victory. He offered, “Their running backs were really good. They were real studs, and we just couldn’t tackle them.” The Cosmos will be home for the third straight Friday night hosting Mount Saint Joseph at 7 p.m. Springfield has had two impressive sized crowds in a row and expect a third.

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